Thomas Cook condemns cabin crew strike threat

Thomas Cook has reacted angrily to a strike threat by the union representing cabin crew following talks on potential cuts to crew numbers on flights.

Management and unions have been discussing the staff implications of integrating Thomas Cook Airlines and MyTravel Airways following the merger last year.

Unite claimed last week that crew numbers would be cut on eight out of ten flights. Union regional industrial organiser Kevin Hall said: “The company plans to cut cabin crew to the minimum legal safety requirement. This will place extreme pressures on all our members.

“We want to avert a strike ballot. But should talks fail we will seek legal authority for a strike vote.”

A Thomas Cook spokeswoman said: “Thomas Cook Airlines is very disappointed Unite has taken this approach when discussions are ongoing.”

She said the airline was awaiting a response from the union and a further meeting.

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